2nd Edition

Criminal Psychology

ISBN 9780415714815
Published May 3, 2017 by Routledge
298 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

This thoroughly updated and revised new edition provides an essential overview of a full range of psychological contributions to the understanding of crime and the processes of dealing with offenders and helping their victims.

From the cognitive, developmental and social processes that influence a diverse range of crimes, including burglary, fraud, rape and murder, to the challenges faced by the police and courts in investigating crime or securing reliable testimony, the text is packed with pedagogical features that bring this fascinating subject to life. These include boxes highlighting key topics or issues around research methods, further reading and suggested essay titles.

Also including chapters on rehabilitation in prisons and the psychology of victims, the text examines hot topics such as gang membership and terrorism, as well as discussing how psychology may better understand criminals and criminal behaviour in the future. It builds to a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field. It will be ideal for students across psychology, criminology and socio-legal studies and law.

Table of Contents

About the Author.  Foreword to Second Edition. Preface to the Series Second Edition. 1. Psychology and the Criminal Process.  Section 1: THE BASIS OF CRIMINALITY  2. Biological Explanations of Crime  3. Psychological Explanations of Crime  4. Social Explanations of Crime.  Section 2: VARIETIES OF CRIME  5. Acquisitive Crime  6. Domestic Violence  7. Sexual Offences  8. Homicide and Serial Killing  9. Gangs, Organised Crime and Terrorism.  Section 3: INTERACTING WITH CRIMINALS  10. Testimony and Interviewing  11. Deception and Fraud  12. Psychology and Investigations.  Section 4: AREAS OF APPLICATION  13. Psychology and the Police  14. Psychology in Court  15. Psychology in Prison  16. Concerning Victims  17. The Future of Psychology and Crime.  Notes on Publications and Accessing them.  References.  Index

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David Canter is Emeritus Professor at The University of Liverpool and Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology at The University of Huddersfield.